For a few select gentlemen, the professional necktie has always proven to be an imposing, intimidating figure. Too stubborn, too proud to offer such an admission, a myriad of reasons have been presented instead to undermine the necktie’s credibility and hasten its demise. The never-ending carousel of excuses: the knotting process is too complicated, neckties are too suffocating, or they are simply antiquated remnants of a business gentleman’s past. Nothing could be further from reality. Navigating the professional landscape, especially for the first time, it is wise for a gentleman to have a polished necktie collection. Here are a few quick guidelines.